REVEALED: Why Wike Met With Rivers Monarchs
Why Wike Met With Rivers Monarchs
By SOLA SADIQ
Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, recently held a parley with traditional rulers in the state, but Treasure can now reveal cogent details of the 2-hour closed session held at the government house in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
According to a source, the governor was alleged to have requested the monarchs to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to assist in ensuring the release of over N100 billion spent by his predeccessor and arch foe, Rotimi Amaechi, who is now the Minister of Transportation on the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state during his tenure as governor.
It was gathered that it was a distraught Wike, who lamented to the monarchs about the precarious financial situation of the state, adding that the sum, when released, would go a long way to relieve the financial burden of the state government.
Sources disclosed that ironically, Amaechi’s several attempt to make the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, to reimburse the state government was allegedly frustrated by Wike, a development not unconnected to the political differences between Amaechi and the former PDP-led federal government.
But Wike was said to have told the monarchs to prevail on Amaechi to use his influence at the federal level to facilitate the release of the funds, arguing that the minister should forget about what happened in the past, in the overall interest of the state.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that the monarchs should constitute a delegation that would visit the President and the minister to fast-track the process for the reimbursement.